Lynn Greenwade|Arkansas Native Plant & Wildlife Center
Local wildlife rehabber Tommy Young will release an adult female bald eagle on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 1:00 pm. The eagle will be released at the vista overlook on Hickory Nut Mountain near Mt. Ida, Arkansas. Bring the family to see this symbol of our country fly off and head for home. Public is invited to attend. Free of charge.
IMPORTANT TIMING NOTE: While Tommy plans to release the eagle right at 1:00, it may happen earlier. Please do not wait until the last minute to arrive. Events will begin at noon, with ceremonies to honor friends lost in the last year and talks with Tommy about this latest eagle. There have been times at previous releases where the eagle dictated the time, because it was too hot, or the bird was just ready to go, and delaying might have been harmful. Come early rather than late!
The eagle release will happen rain or shine.
The event will be attended by various indigenous tribes for whom the eagle is an important symbol. They will present a drumming ceremony. Come early, to see this and hear Tommy talk about this eagle and the work he does.
The event is suitable for families and all ages. There is no charge to attend. Donations are gratefully accepted, however, as this important work receives no government funding and is supported solely by donations. [If you are unable to attend but would like to support this work please mail a check to ANPWC (Arkansas Native Plant & Wildlife Center) at PO Box 1881, Mena, AR 71953. All donations are tax deductible.]
Closest Towns: Hot Springs, Mt. Ida, Norman, Royal
Hickory Nut Mountain Vista & Picnic Area
US Highway 270
Mt. Ida, Arkansas
The turn off for Hickory Nut Mountain is located about 13 miles East of Mt. Ida on your left, or 23 miles West of Hot Springs on your right, approximately 1.3 miles West of the Garland/Montgomery county line. Follow Hickory Nut Mountain Road as it climbs the mountain, taking the Left fork at 1.0 mile. At 3.5 miles is a sign on your left for the picnic area. The road ends at 4.2 miles at the vista overlook, where the eagle will be released.